This IPA has a powerful yet graceful hop intensity that is reminiscent of wet-hop beers (which are made using freshly picked rather than dried hops)—we were surprised to learn that they've achieved this hop character with just one varietal (Amarillo). On the nose, expect a high hops presence, but not at all bawdy; they won't punch you in the nose, but they are boldly bitter in the flavor profile. Also note an ample malty backbone that bodes of a well-balanced IPA. On the palate, you'll get lots of grapefruit, but orange and even lemon also enter the scene, with pine accents and a touch of aspirin. The malt flavor of fresh grains shines through despite being blanketed by hops. Note how the hops yield resinous piney flavors that cling to the back of the tongue and throat. Bitterness is quite high, some would say "intense", but perfectly appropriate for a traditional east coast IPA. Overall, we'd sum up the flavor as something like a honeyed, candied grapefruit that's been steeped in schnapps. Try it with spicy samosas.
The Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company got its start in 1996 as the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery (LPP&B). Owner and Brewmaster Chris Ericson has been serving great beers and delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere since day one. Unofficially, his brewing operation began on the smallest possible scale: with a homebrewing kit. Officially, the LPP&B's brewing operation began on a somewhat larger—though still rather small—scale as a sale-on-site-only brewpub that pumped out fewer than 400 barrels each year.
Their fresh, tasty, small-batch brews quickly grew in popularity, and requests for their beers poured in from area restaurant and bar owners. Production increased dramatically to keep up with demand, and they sold every last drop of beer they brewed (much of it before it was physically brewed). In November 2001, Chris purchased the short-lived AAA Brewery in Plattsburgh, New York and dubbed it The Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company. This expansion to a 13,000 sq. ft. production facility vastly improved their storage capabilities and quadrupled their brewing capacity. Most importantly, it added the almighty "bottle" to their product lineup—no more draft-only sales—which really helped get them more exposure. In 2005 & 2007 they were awarded the "Best Brewery in New York State" by TAP New York; and in 2003, 2005 & 2007 they were recognized as the "Best Brewery in the Hudson Valley."
For more information about the brewery or scheduled tours, call 866-4-UBU-ALE, or visit their website at www.ubuale.com.
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